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Benita Pearson

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Benita Pearson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   12/27/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Peter Economus
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   2008 - 2010
Personal History
Born:   1963
Hometown:   Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate:   Georgetown U., B.S., 1985
Law School:   Cleveland State U., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1995

Benita Y. Pearson is a U.S. district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She was sworn in by Senator Sherrod Brown in March 2011. After being sworn in Pearson became the first black female federal judge in Ohio.[1]

Early life and education

Pearson received her B.S. in 1985 and her J.D. in 1995 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.[2][3]

Professional career

Judicial career

Northern District of Ohio

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Benita Pearson
 Court:Northern District of Ohio
 Progress:Confirmed 383 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:December 3, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:January 20, 2010
ApprovedAReported:February 11, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:December 21, 2010
 Vote: 56-39

President Obama nominated Pearson to fill an Article III federal vacancy on the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She was recommended to Obama by Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich. Senator Brown said of the nomination: "I applaud President Obama for choosing Judge Pearson. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, private practice attorney, certified public accountant, and magistrate, Judge Pearson served with honor and distinction. I wish her continued success as a federal district judge."[5]

The opening on the court is due to the assumption of senior status by Peter Economus.[2]

Pearson's nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 21, 2010. She is the first black woman to receive a seat in any of the Ohio Federal Districts.[6][7]

Pearson received a rating from the substantial majority of Well Qualified and a minority rating of Qualified from the American Bar Association.[8]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Pearson's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Pearson had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 20, 2010.[9] Pearson was reported by committee on February 11, 2010.[8]

Magistrate judge Northern District of Ohio

Pearson was a federal magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio from 2008 until the time of her confirmation as a federal judge.

Congressional oath of office

On January 3, 2013, Pearson administered a ceremonial oath of office to the Congressional Black Caucus at the beginning of the new term.[10]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Peter Economus
Northern District of Ohio
Succeeded by: